Boko Haram: Police Now Operate Under Trees
Zanna Mohammed Ibrahim, the commissioner of police in Yobe state said policemen have been forced to operate some of their offices under trees following the burning down of police formations, offices and structures in the state by Boko Haram insurgents.
According to him, apart from one or two structures, no other structure is standing in the command, The Nation reports.
“All others have been destroyed. Both the OC CID and MOPOL, operate under trees with extreme difficulties. Most of the officers live in rented houses, make shift offices and under trees,” he said.
He told AIG Tunde Ogunsakin, the visiting assistant inspector general of police Zone 12 that his visit will boost the morale of policemen in their operations.
The insurgents in Northern Nigeria have killed over 20,000 people, with Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe most affected. In July, suspected members of the Boko Haram terrorist group attacked Gamdu town, killing 11 residents and taking over Damaturu-Maiduguri highway.
President Muhammadu Buhari had, during his inaugural address on the May 29, assured Nigerians that his administration will fight and subdue the insurgents. Despite this assurance, the terrorist group have been intensifying their attack, bombing different locations across the country.
Two weeks ago, the insurgents attacked one of the army commands located in Geidam local government area of Yobe state. Troops successfully repelled the terrorists attack on sector 1 of 27 task force brigade killing most of the insurgents.
On Wednesday, October 7, the Nigerian military announced that over 100 Boko Haram members were killed during an attempt to invade a military base in Goniri, Yobe state.